The accumulation of minor, daily events such as losing a pair of glasses, or getting caught in a traffic jam, can be more harmful to you than you think. Minor annoyances, or “hassles,” can have a negative impact on your life.
There will always be some hassles in life, but consider that your stress is not caused by the “hassle”, but by your reaction to it.
Your reaction to hassles determines whether they act as stressors or not. If you make light of them, or even laugh at them, and don’t let them upset you, they are diffused.
How many of these daily hassles are you experiencing? Check any which you have experienced during the past week.
You misplaced or lost something.
You spent at least 15 minutes searching for things.
You feel like you have too much to do.
You were upset about the way someone else performed their job.
You had a disagreement with someone at work.
You were stuck in a traffic jam on the way to or from work.
You were dissatisfied with the quality of a job you performed.
You rushed others to hurry when they were speaking.
You became annoyed at having to wait for someone.
You had to stand in line at the copier, cafeteria, or to see someone.
You were put on “hold” while making a call.
You were interrupted in the middle of an important job.
You frequently responded to the telephone at inconvenient times.
You were anxious to get rid of a caller who was dragging out a conversation.
You had to attend a meeting when you could not afford the time.
You were held up on a task due to slow decision-making of someone else.
You were given a rush job to do, with an unrealistic deadline.
You had to juggle priorities at work due to a more pressing job.
You forgot something, which caused embarrassment.
You said “yes” to something which you later regretted.
If you have checked off 10 or more of these hassles, you could be susceptible to stress-related disorders. But remember, it’s your reaction to these hassles that causes the damage, so don’t take them too seriously. Put them in their proper perspective.
For those items that you checked, determine what action you can take to eliminate the hassle from occurring in the first place. If you feel it cannot be eliminated, think about how you can prevent it from causing stress in your life.
If you get organized and practice sound time management techniques, many of these hassles will disappear.